"A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher and the servant like his master." Matthew 10:24-25
Jesus Christ gives His disciples the infinite consolation of knowing that when they suffer for His sake, it is because they are His followers. Christian disciples are bound to the same love of Jesus as the main motive for all their actions, to the same stripping off of dignity and lowly equalizing of themselves with those below them whom they would help and to bringing them the cleansing and the purity that Christ gives.
Did you ever strip yourself of anything to make some poor creature a little purer and more like the Savior? Did you ever drop your dignity and go down to the low levels to lift up the people who are there? Do others see anything in your life of the Master's example of pouring out His life to make poor hearts pure and like His own?
Discipleship is likeness to Jesus Christ in conduct. There is no discipleship worth naming that does not, at least, attempt that likeness. What is the use of a man's saying he is the disciple of Incarnate Love if his whole like is incarnate selfishness? Why say you follow Jesus when you come to do your own will and never do
God's will at all, or rarely so, and then reluctantly and with many a murmur? A disciple is not one whose life contradicts the life of his Master and disobeys His word.
"It is enough for the student to be like his teacher." This saying is not only a law but also a promise, for it assures us that our efforts shall not fail but will progressively succeed and lead on at last to our becoming what we behold, being conformed to Jesus and like the Master to whose wisdom we profess to listen.
(Alexander Maclaren)